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Everybody Loves a Parade

"La Vie en Rose," a portrait of Edith Piaf, opens the Washington DC International Film Festival. (Picturehouse)

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Friday, April 13, 2007

Everybody Loves a Parade

The National Cherry Blossom Festival Parade kicks off Saturday at 10 along Constitution Avenue NW. Floats, marching bands, kites, giant balloons and other units will travel west from Seventh Street to 17th Street until noon. Tickets for grandstand seats near 15th Street will be on sale for $15 Friday until noon through Ticketmaster at 202-397-7328, and Saturday (cash only) starting at 8 in the pink tent at 15th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Standing along the route is free. After the parade, the cultures of Japan will be celebrated at the Sakura Matsuri street festival, sponsored by the Japan-America Society of Washington, until 6 around Pennsylvania Avenue and 12th Street NW. The event is billed as the largest of its kind in the United States, with more than 30 food booths and dozens of vendors of Asian goods. Other cherry blossom festival events continue through Sunday.

NATIONAL CHERRY BLOSSOM FESTIVAL PARADE Saturday at 10 along Constitution Avenue NW between Seventh and 17th streets (Metro: Smithsonian, Federal Triangle). 202-547-1500 orhttp://www.nationalcherryblossomfestival.org.

Dancing on Ice

A real-life male comic duo, 210-pound Vladimir Besedin and 150-pound Oleksiy Polishchuk, is among the acrobatic headliners at the Champions on Ice tour, skating across Verizon Center Saturday afternoon. Other international stars on the bill include new U.S. champion Kimmie Meissner, three-time U.S. champion Johnny Weir, Olympic medalists Tanith Belbin & Ben Agosto, Tatiana Totmianina & Maxim Marinin, Victor Petrenko and other ice stars. Tickets cost $25 to $155.

CHAMPIONS ON ICE Saturday at 3 at Verizon Center, 601 F St. NW (Metro: Gallery Place-Chinatown). For tickets, 202-397-7328; for information,

202-628-3200 orhttp://www.verizoncenter.com.

The World on Film

See more than 80 films from more than 30 countries during the 21st annual Washington DC International Film Festival, opening with a gala screening Thursday at the Lincoln Theatre. "La Vie en Rose," a portrait of French singer Edith Piaf, will be followed by a reception with director Olivier Dahan. "Voila Cinema!," films from France, is one focus of this year's festival. The others are "World View," "Views From the News" and "Global Rhythms." Opening night tickets cost $40. Most others are $9. See story on Page 36.

WASHINGTON DC INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

Opening night, Thursday at 6 at the Lincoln Theatre, 1215 U St. NW (Metro: U Street-Cardozo). Other screenings continue through April 29 at venues across Washington. 202-628-3456 orhttp://www.filmfestdc.org.

The smaller-scale seventh annual International Jewish Film Festival screens 16 films with Jewish themes from the United States, Israel, France, Germany and Italy. The opening night feature is "Comme Tu Es Belle!," a French romantic comedy, Wednesday at the French Embassy, followed by a dessert reception. Tickets cost $25; reservations are required. Other shows continue through May 3 at four Northern Virginia venues. Those tickets cost $9 for evenings, $6 for afternoons.


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